ASC attends the National Conference on Genocide and Mass Atrocities Prevention (GMAP), Binghamton, NY, April 5 -6, 2019

S.Kavneet Singh with a young Rohingya activist at GMAP Conference on April 6, 2019

American Sikh Council (ASC) representative S.Kavneet Singh attended the Genocide and Mass Atrocities Prevention (GMAP) Conference organized by Binghamton University at the downtown campus in Binghamton, NY from April 5 – 6, 2019.

This was the second time this conference was held and organized by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocities Prevention at Binghamton University. This year’s GMAP Conference had over 120 attendees with at least 85 academics who were mostly professors and researchers and the rest being practitioners and activists.

This was a panel style step up with most panels consisting of four panelists and a moderator.  The two day conference ran from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm for both days. Most of panelists presented based on practical experience with many of the experts coming from a legal background. There were academic s from over 16 countries which included; Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the US.

Panelists getting ready for the next session at the GMAP Conference

There were back to back sessions and there were also multiple sessions held at the same time because of the number of attendees this time around. The discussions were invaluable with extremely good information for activists and those who are involved in education and advocacy.

ASC representative S. Kavneet Singh did display the ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984 – 1998’ brochures and also copies of the book list of ‘Human Rights Violations against the Sikhs’ which were very well received by the attendees.

Andrew L remarked, “I was aware of Sikhs being brutalized by the Indian regime, but I was shocked and unaware to extent of the genocide over a 15 year long period, while most of the world does not know about this horrific sustained pogrom.”

Attendees at the GMAP Conference at Binghamton University April 5, 2019

ASC representatives have held conferences on the Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984 – 1998 and plan to hold more in the near future. Thanks to the tremendous effort put in by tireless volunteers the ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984 – 1998’ is now part of the Holocaust and Other Genocides content being taught in schools across New Jersey.

In order to continue to sustain the ongoing work on this issue, ASC requests all the gurdwaras to generously support these very important educational initiatives in order to help our next generation so that they never forget and remember their history.

The networking and the outcome of the GMAP Conference was a great success, thanks to the great planning and quality of panelists who were invited to this conference.

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